Cross-linking for Keratoconus in Kansas City

Corneal collagen cross-linking is a non-invasive procedure that combines the use of ultra-violet (UV) light and riboflavin (vitamin B2) eye drops. The treatment shortens and thickens the collagen fibers and creates new collagen cross-links, resulting in stiffening and strengthening of the cornea.

Who is a Candidate for
Corneal Collagen Cross-linking?

This treatment is reserved for patients diagnosed with Keratoconus, a corneal disease that occurs when the normally round-shaped cornea becomes weak and progressively thin, causing a cone-like-bulge to develop. Patients affected by the condition experience reduced visual function with symptoms

worsening as the disease progresses. If left untreated, a corneal transplant may be required. Cross-linking is a safe, effective treatment designed to halt progression of the disease and preserve visual acuity.

Vision Correction
After Cross-linking

It is important to understand that corneal collagen cross-linking is not a refractive vision correction procedure. Most patients can expect to still need glasses and/or contacts to correct their vision following Cross-linking for Keratoconus in Kansas City.

The cornea may continue to change for many months. During this time, many patients require new glasses or contacts to accommodate the changing shape. Future vision correction can be discussed with your surgeon once corneal stabilization has occurred.

The Corneal Collagen
Cross-linking Treatment Process

Though the procedure itself takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

We suggest planning to be at our surgery center for up to 2 hours to allow time for pre and post-operative testing and instructions.

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    Step 1

    Pre-operative preparations

    Several tests will be repeated to verify measurements. An optional mild sedative is offered to patients and anesthetic eye drops are applied to numb the eye. A small, gentle eyelid holder is placed between your eyelids so you don’t have to worry about blinking during the procedure.

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    Step 2

    Prep the cornea

    A solution will then be applied to the cornea to help the surgeon remove the epithelium (the top layer of cornea).

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    Step 3


    Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) eye drops are instilled at determined intervals until the corneal tissue is saturated. During treatment, an ultra-violet (UVA) light is turned on and additional riboflavin drops are instilled.

Cross-linking Recovery

Cross-linking for Keratoconus in Kansas City is performed on one eye at a time. Though this is typically 3-6 months apart, it is not uncommon for the timespan to be a year. During this time, a surgeon will closely monitor changes in the corneal shape and vision. After the procedure, this is what to expect.

1 Day – 1 Month: Expect suboptimal vision for the first month following Cross-linking for Keratoconus in Kansas City, during which a contact lens is NOT worn in the surgical eye.

1 – 3 Months: Vision gradually improves back to baseline as corneal remodeling and healing occur; referral for contact lens fitting may occur during this time, or the patient may return to prior contact lens wear.

3 – 12 Months: Stabilization and improvement of corneal shape, with continued exams to monitor for improvements in visual acuity and quality.

1 Year+: Corneal remodeling may continue to occur and stabilization will be followed with exams every 6-12 months

Is Corneal Collagen
right for you?

Find out through our signature
Advanced Ocular Analysis

The first and most critical step in determining candidacy for a procedure is to schedule a complimentary Advanced Ocular Analysis, or AOA.

Going above and beyond a traditional LASIK screening, the AOA sets the foundation for exceptional visual outcomes with each patient’s long-term needs in mind.

Step 1
Examine the health of your eye

When it comes to refractive surgery, a routine eye exam or LASIK screening may ignore details that are critical to your outcomes. For this reason, Durrie Vision developed the AOA. Featuring the most advanced combination of diagnostic testing available today, the AOA uses cutting-edge technologies to provide a three-dimensional visualization and analysis of the entire ocular system.

Step 2
Meet with a refractive surgeon

During the AOA, you will meet with one of our experienced refractive surgeons directly to discuss your results along with their recommendations. This is a unique component of the experience that provides an additional level of comfort and trust.

Step 3
Recommend a treatment plan

After your exam, we’ll share with you an in-depth analysis of your eyes, taking all the time necessary to explain what the evaluation revealed. You will leave with a comprehensive report of everything we discussed along with any recommendations for treatment, cost, financing, and recovery time.


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